Officers in six states to crack down on highway speeders

Jim Cunningham
July 21, 2017 - 6:38 am

In Kansas, Missouri and four other states this weekend the motto is "Obey the sign or pay the fine."

Law enforcement officers are conducting a speed enforcement blitz through July 23. Other states participating are Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Arkansas. 

The main focus is interstate highways, especially work zones, said Mike Stapp, spokesman with MoDOT.

"Accidents and crashes that we've had in recent years have been really bad," Stapp said. "Yes, you're going to see more enforcement, not only just during this time, but throughout the summer."

Missouri recorded 949 traffic fatalities in 2016. Speeding was a factor in 34 percent of those crashes. 

A crash on a road with a speed limit of 65 mph or greater is more than twice as likely to result in a fatality than a crash on a road with a speed limit of 45 mph, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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